Cider Connoisseur Dan Armor Cidre Score Card
Appearance - 9
Flavor - 8
Aroma - 7
Mouthfeel - 9
Imported by:Imported by Latitude Wines, Inc.
Good to know:25.4oz (750ml) bottle, gluten free, produced with Brenton cider apples. Co-op of small-batch, hand-craft cider makers since 1953 in Brittany, France.
Predominant flavors:Semi-dry, tartness, standard apple cider base.
Color:Medium to dark golden.
Dan Armor Cuvée Spéciale Cidre Brut grew on me from the first to the last sip. The more I dwelled on it, this hard cider went from “alright” to “ALRIGHT!!!”. I’ll explain, but first, where does Dan Armor Cuvee Speciale Cidre Brut come from?
France. More specifically, Brittany, France. Here a co-operative of apple growers and small-batch cider makers have been crafting ciders since 1953. Dan Armor is made from fresh Brenton cider apples, grown in the northwest of France. They are slowly fermented with brewing yeast, then the cider makers add a bit of CO2 on top, which make Dan Armor highly effervescent as far as ciders go.
I picked up this bottle at my local Trader Joe’s store, and to my knowledge it’s one of the only places you’ll find it in the US. Trader Joe’s is good at exclusive rights with their vendors, so it’s not that surprising. However, for $5, this 25.4oz (750ml) bottle of cider is a screaming good deal!
Now, let’s jump to the review shall we?
Before I even opened it I was enamored with the bottle. Dan Armor comes in a 25.4oz (750ml) corked bottle, and feels like you’re opening a bottle of champagne. I also liked the labels and medal displayed on the neck of the bottle, the Médaille D’Argent Paris 2014 (Silver Medal on…, Paris 2014) on the Concours Général Agricole (General Agricultural Competition), held and presented by the Ministère De L’Agriculture (Ministry of Agriculture – France).
The pour produced quite the head with bigger bubbles (probably the CO2 added) so I had to slow it down. The fizz dissipated into a thin white ring of tiny bubbles (from the fermentation), which hugged the glass nicely.
It has a nice deep golden color, pleasant all-around.
Dan Armor Cuvée Spéciale Cidre is a Brut (dry), which you can expect from French ciders. However, I didn’t think it was as dry as I was expecting. It may be that the new crafty cider scene has me used to drier tasting ciders. I’d classify this one as more of a semi-dry.
There’s a nice base of cider apple juice, as it is made with little more than Brenton apples.
As I sipped I would have expected a sweeter finish, but instead the flavors changed directions to end on a more tart note.
Out of the bottle there is a faint apple cider aroma that doesn’t stick around for long. This isn’t the type of cider you’ll be sniffing before sipping.
I enjoyed the effervescence, which to me makes it feel like a refreshing beverage perfect when served cold on a hot day. The change in flavors from beginning to end of each sip left my mouth feeling a bit dry, which I think has to do with the tartness it leaves you with.
Overall I found Dan Armor Cuvée Spéciale Cidre Brut to be a cider of simple flavor, crisp, semi-dry, and very easy and pleasant to drink.
Before I let you go, I did notice something that intrigued me as I was finishing the bottle. The Nutrition Facts on the back label.
Take a look at the picture I took of it, and note the following:
- Ingredients: Cider.
- Serving size: 8 fl oz
- Calories: 79
- Sugars: 6g
Now, I’m not too concerned with the Nutrition Facts of my ciders, but I couldn’t help but notice these for Dan Armor. If that’s true, this is one low sugar and low calorie beverage which if you count next to its cost and great review is just another great perk.
Have you tried Dan Armor Cuvée Spéciale Cidre Brut? I’d love to hear your own thoughts and/or review as a comment below, as well as your vote in the Score Card at the top of the post, which you can do by clicking on where in the 5 stars meter Dan Armor ranks for you.